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Pay heed to fire safety norms

It is sad to note that several people have died on account of the devastating fire in the Indian Oil Corporation depot in Jaipur (editorial, Safety up in flames: Lapses led to inferno”, Nov 3). Nearly 200 small and big industries located near the depot, too, were damaged in the fire.

The editorial rightly points out that the fire could have been avoided had the safety norms been followed and necessary steps taken in time to control the flames. The government should learn a lesson from this incident and act wisely in future.

The conditions of firemen who are underpaid and lack professional training to handle the blaze of such a magnitude show the government’s negligence. Firemen should be adequately paid and professionally trained to handle major fires. They should be provided the latest fire-fighting equipment.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh,

IT business

The IT business (news report,Thanks to Guv-MP slugfest, IT majors avoid Chandigarh by Ruchika M Khanna, Nov 1) is a risky proposition where a change of policy abroad can affect it adversely. It is also a misconception that the IT sector is the only panacea that can solve problems like unemployment.

The IT industry is given several incentives, yet companies misuse these concessions. In the Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park, Chandigarh, many companies are using their premises, meant for IT business, for other commercial purposes. Why should the IT companies be pampered at the cost of other industries? 



It is not surprising that IT majors are now shunning Chandigarh, once touted as the next favourite destination for such investments after Bangalore. The unending feud has been responsible for kicking up series of controversies costing the city an opportunity that would have brought in its wake thousands of jobs and prosperity.


Rural healthcare

Setting up of Electronic Health Points (editorial, Telemedicine in Punjab”, Oct 30) is only a political stunt. Rural patients are not likely to trust any treatment based on long-distance advice.

I don’t think telemedicine is going to be very successful. The only solution to the ailing rural healthcare would be to ensure the presence of doctors in rural areas.

HARISH K MONGA, Ferozepore City


It is a laudable initiative and can go a long way in helping the rural people. With this endeavour, chronic diseases can be detected at an early stage. People will be able to save time and money as well. The need of the hour is to start such health points in every village. Besides, public awareness about the benefits of telemedicine should be generated.


Perfectionist Dey

The Tribune deserves praise for its editorial Pursuit of perfection (Oct 2). It was a befitting salutation of Manna Dey’s singing talent. His songs are like a balm on the frayed nerves. He has made an immense contribution to enriching Indian film music with his melodious voice.

SANJEEV, Amritsar

Judges’ conduct

Undeniably, in the selection of judges (editorial, Accountability of judges, Oct 23) of the Supreme Court and high courts, there is neither adequate transparency nor accountability. It is an established fact that the judiciary is a pillar on which democracy rests and people have great expectations from judges.

Any act of misconduct on their part must be viewed seriously and they should be held accountable for their acts of omission and commission.

Indeed, it is a matter of great satisfaction that the Centre is bringing forward the Judicial Standard and Accountability Bill to check corruption in the higher judiciary.

Fight breast cancer

Usha Rai’s article Killer called breast cancer (Oct 27) was informative. The efforts of the Forum for Breast Cancer Protection are laudable, while the spirit shown by cancer survivors is exemplary.

The forum’s film on self-examination should be screened in colleges and universities to educate girls. Employers can help by paying for mammography of female employees over 40 years of age. Gynaecologists should advise new mothers on the benefits of breast-feeding. Moreover, extensive awareness drives can help remove misgivings about breast cancer. We must support those afflicted with the deadly disease.

Dr RAJNI SHARMA, Jalandhar City



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